ManhattanTV-1Critically acclaimed TV drama Manhattan, which tells a fictionalised version of the story behind the Manhattan Project, is coming to BT’s AMC channel.

The drama follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in a remote location in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Cast members include Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”), Michael Chernus (“Orange is the New Black”), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense and Rushmore), John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C” and Flags of our Fathers), Ashley Zukerman (“Rush” and “Underbelly”) and Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything and The Riot Club).

Written by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and directed by Emmy Award-winner Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), the 13-part series will get its UK premiere on Tuesday 5 January 2016, at 9pm.

Episode one will air on BT Showcase (Freeview channel 59) and on AMC from BT, with the remainder of the series screening exclusively on AMC. The channel is available to all BT TV customers and BT Sport Pack subscribers on Sky channel 192. 

AMC launched on BT this summer and is the exclusive UK home of Fear the Walking Dead and Rectify and also screens older titles from AMC’s library including Mad Men Breaking Bad.

The channel has so far attracted fairly low viewing figures but BT says the addition of exclusive top drama to its TV platform is helping drive take-up of the service.


“‘Manhattan” is the latest exclusive premiere for BT customers,” says Delia Bushell, Managing Director, BT TV and BT Sport.

“We expect viewers to be captivated from the very first episode as they follow some fantastically complex characters, depicting the wonder, danger and deceit that shadows the first ‘nuclear’ families.

“AMC on BT offers an exciting range of top dramas such as “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Rectify”.  Last quarter, BT TV added 106,000 new BT TV customers, taking our TV customer base to 1.3m.

“This represents our best ever quarter, reflecting our strong content line-up. Announcing exclusive shows like “Manhattan” on AMC reinforces that we continuously strive to offer the best TV shows available.”